25 October 2019 19:29
Celtic will host Kilmarnock as the Neil Lennon's men look to move a step closer to their eighth Premiership crown in a row. Three points could potentially clinch the title for the Hoops if Rangers drop points to Aberdeen 24 hours later. But they'll have to get past a difficult Kilmarnock side who have excelled under Steve Clarke this season. Here's everything you need to know about the Premiership clash. When is Celtic vs Kilmarnock?
The game will take place on Saturday April 27th. Yes, the game will be shown on Sky Sports Football with coverage starting at 12pm. The match will also be live streamed via Sky Go or with a Now TV pass. Skipper Scott Brown is available for the game at Parkhead. The midfielder escaped a ban on Friday after a SFA disciplinary charge, regarding his post-match celebrations after last month's Old Firm game, was found not proven at a hearing.
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It'll be a tough afternoon for the Ayrshire men, and with only one recognised centre-half available, people will be required to play out of position. We've taken a stab at what the starting XI will be for Steve Clarke on Saturday. I think he'll be forced into changing that, with a 4-4-2 being played to accommodate defensive suspensions. Daniel Bachmann will line up in goals. Stephen O'Donnell and Greg Taylor will occupy the full-back positions as they have done all season. Alex Bruce is the only fit centre-half, so he's bound to start. I think the best option for Clarke is to slot Gary Dicker into centre-half. Chris Burke will play out on the right, with Rory McKenzie looking to continue his decent form out on the left. Alan Power should occupy his normal midfield role alongside Aaron Tshibola, who'll come in to midfield in place of Dicker. Up top will be Eamonn Brophy, but who plays alongside him is a tough one. I'll stick my neck out and say Conor McAleny will partner Brophy, as he has a decent strike rate from the start and is more likely to cause Celtic problems with his footwork. A rotated line up for Clarke, but he'll be hoping some of his squad players can do the business against the champions. GK- Daniel Bachmann Celtic face Kilmarnock knowing they can't secure the Premiership title this weekend. The Bhoys were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw with Hibernian last weekend while Rangers beat Hearts 3-1 in Edinburgh. The gap stands at nine points between the fierce Glasgow rivals with just four games to play, including a final Old Firm derby. It would take an unprecedented collapse for Celtic to lose their grip on the title at this stage but it remains mathematically possible for Steven Gerrard's men to lift the trophy. Fourth-place Kilmarnock won't make life easy for the hosts at Celtic Park. Steve Clarke's unit have been solid all season and will look to frustrate Neil Lennon's team in their bid to seal the crown. RadioTimes.com has rounded up everything you need to know about how to watch the Celtic v Kilmarnock game on TV and online. What time is the Celtic v Kilmarnock game? Celtic v Kilmarnock will kick off at 12:30pm on Saturday 27th April. How to watch and live stream Celtic v Kilmarnock You can watch the game live on Sky Sports Football from 12:00pm. Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the match via the SkyGo app. If you don't have Sky, you can watch the match through NOW TV. You can get a Sky Sports day pass for £8.99, a week pass for £14.99 or a month pass for £33.99, all without needing a contract. A shock defeat for Lennon's men would, against all odds, trigger faint hopes of a staggering comeback from Rangers, and that's something the Celtic boss will be desperate to avoid. However, this is still the all-conquering Celtic we're talking about in their own backyard. Prediction: Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock There is no shortage of huge games taking place in Scottish football today, including the mental six team fight against relegation from the Championship. In the Premiership all eyes - and the television cameras - will be on Rangers' trip to Tynecastle to face Hearts, with Steven Gerrard's side needing a win to keep Celtic's champagne on ice for at least one week more. At the bottom too there's plenty going on, with Dundee knowing their fate will be realistically - if not mathematically - sealed if they lose to St Johnstone and both St Mirren and Hamilton win. Despite all that though, arguably the biggest game of the weekend takes place in Ayrshire, as Aberdeen visit Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. It may only be the first game after the split, but already it has the feel of a European showdown - and it's Killie's biggest game since beating Falkirk in the relegation play-off under Lee Clark. If they can beat Aberdeen, who have long been their bogey team, they could all but secure fourth place. A win would leave them three points ahead of Aberdeen, but more significantly it would leave them nine clear of Hibs if they lose to Celtic on Sunday. With only four games remaining after this round of fixtures, it would be very difficult for Paul Heckingbottom's side to catch them. Hearts are also in action against Rangers in the early kick-off, and if the Jambos don't win they're realistically out of the European race - at least in the league. With Celtic playing Hearts in the Scottish Cup final, the Jambos will qualify for the Europa League if they can lift the trophy at Hampden. If the Hoops do the triple-treble though, the final European place will go to fourth in the Premiership. Given the sides are level on points, the same scenario applies to Aberdeen - if there's a winner at Rugby Park that side should pretty much have at least fourth sewn up, especially since Hearts and Hibs play each other in the derby the following week so at least one side will drop points. The Dons could really stake a claim for third with a win today, with Killie away at Celtic next weekend. If it's a draw in Ayrshire though, Hibs can cut the gap on both to four points if they managed to upset the leaders on Sunday. You can follow Football Scotland here on Twitter and join the conversation on our Facebook page here. We also publish a nightly newsletter at around 5pm every week day, rounding up the latest stories and more. 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Also in action are Brighton, who could secure their safety if they defeat Newcastle. Meanwhile, Sheffield United will still by attempting to get the top spot in the Championship as they face already relegated Ipswich. In Scotland, Celtic could clinch the Premiership title with victory against Kilmarnock. There is also action from the final day of the National League season, but the game being shown has yet to be confirmed. Tottenham United v West Ham United is Sky Main Event and Sky Premier League at 11.30 (kick-off 12.30). Celtic v Kilmarnock is on Sky Football at 12.00 (kick-off 12.30). Non-League Football is on BT Sport 1 at 12.15 (all kick-offs at 12.30). Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United is on BT Sport 1 at 17.00 (kick-off 17.30). Sheffield United v Ipswich Town is on Sky Main Event and Sky Football at 17.15 (kick-off 17.30).